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9/15/11 2:41 P

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I haven't read any of the other posts so I don't know what anyone else suggested. 8 glasses of water daily is a general rule of thumb that doesn't need to play into our days. We're just too tiny. We'd be pee machines! If you drink tea and/or coffee, eat fruits and veggies you're getting more water than you might think. Stick to what makes sense to you and that should be your own personal guide. Of course water does fill you up and might keep you from extra eating but on the whole, we should be fine with about 4-5 glasses/day. Good luck

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9/1/11 10:06 P

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I'm doing pretty well with water (most days). I drink 1 water bottle in the morning (16.9 oz) and at least 3 more during the day and 1 in the evening. The trick for me to drink water during the day is to put the 3 water bottles on my desk as soon as I get to work. Because they are right in front of me, I have no excuses for forgetting. :)

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8/30/11 11:39 A

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That is about all I drink I get 2 16 oz. glasses in before I leave for my workout in the morning and take a 32 oz. bottle with me and that's gone by the time I leave. Then drink water throughout the day.

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8/29/11 3:55 P

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Absolutely not! I think I am simply a naturally thirsty person. I was worried though but got tested and am not diabetic. I usually drink one cup in the morning, one with breakfast, anywhere from two to four cups with my morning workout and then more throughout the day. I think I usually end up with around 12 cups of water.



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8/15/11 11:30 A

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I'm having a hard time with this too. Hard to drink enough water during work (I work in a lab and can't have food/drinks with me) and hard to break for all those extra bathroom trips!

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8/9/11 2:30 P

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I am the same way. I can't keep from rushing to the bathroom.

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8/8/11 6:36 A

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Find it difficult when I am really busy (out & about) and have to find a loo regularly.

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8/7/11 11:36 P

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I haven't really had an issue with this. I generally drink a lot of liquids throughout the day anyway, it just used to be diet soda. What I usually do is get a case of bottled water from the store. I prefer the 20 ounce bottles. With these, I'll grab one before I leave for work and just fill that up throughout the day. I can get through 4 of these at work usually (which adds up to 80 ounces, 10 cups of water!!). And that is all from 8:30-5:30. I have many days where I end up with 13 glasses of water.

I think it all depends on what you're drinking habits were before as well as how much you are comfortable with in general. It's been a hot summer, so that could also be why it has been fairly easy for me. We'll see how it goes once it starts getting cold outside!

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7/24/11 12:41 P

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no i dont have a hard time at all
i only have water at the house and if i go out i have water i love water

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6/11/11 12:28 P

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Its hard fo r every one, but one you get used to it its very easy

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just keep chugging it down. My body took at least a week to get used to more water. Now I can drink more water without the extra bathrooms stops. My opinion is that when you keep putting it in your body has to adjust to not having to store as much. idk if that is true or not though.

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10/23/10 11:35 A

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And about the Herbal Tea counting or not--I don't count it, but I don't see why you wouldn't be able to, just as you would water with a splash of something else (mint, lemon, juice).

One thing to be careful for, though, is that caffeine is a diuretic, so I wouldn't think you'd want to count anything caffeinated as part of the total.

Good luck with it!

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10/23/10 3:26 A

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It takes a wee (excuse the pun) while to get used to drinking the 8 cups of water but your body will adapt soon (give it a week or so) and you'll find you will go less but the volume will increase and it's so much more satisfying when you do go!

It's always harder in winter and I found that hot water helped as opposed to a cup of tea.

Smile .... it makes people wonder what you're up to ;-)

The fourth glass of wine is always a good idea before you do it and a really bad idea afterward! ;-)

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10/22/10 9:57 P

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I too, have this problem.
One thing that has made a huge difference for me though is Crystal Light! I always carry a few packets in my bag and then fill up using nearby fountains :)
The excessive restroom stops are definitely a down side however.

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10/22/10 4:15 P

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I CAN'T do it! I did talk to my doctor, and he said 5-8 is fine, especially for us petite gals.

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10/22/10 4:10 P

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myself I love water . sometimes i add lemon to the water . my mom was 4ft.11in.and hated water. you had to fight her to get to even drink a cup of water . water is important drink as much as you can .

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10/22/10 3:55 P

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When I first started getting healthy 10 months ago (almost a year - eek!), water was one of my main focuses. 8 cups of water, eating within range of calories/carbs/fat/protein, and exercising. One of the first days (either the first, or the first day of the 2nd week) I actually got in 12 cups without even trying! And I was still thirsty! Proved to myself how dehydrated I had really become. I think 10-12 cups of water is where I should be at to feel my best (the next couple days after that one I felt great!), closer to 14 cups in the summer. I have since done well to get in at least 8 cups of water, but have started to struggle again; I've also been increasingly stressed and depressed.

I've got a lot more on my plate now than I did then, and I need to simplify again, regain perspective. It can be hard to get in the water, but it is SO worth it.

I've also noticed, like the others, that it helps me feel less hungry (I've been binging on cookies recently, in addition to everything else, but I make myself stop at 2/day). For me, the excess bathroom stops subsided within a month; I also make more bathroom stops than most typically do anyway, so I went back to what I call normal, but might seem excessive to someone else.

Right now I'm getting 5-8cups of water a day. I used to drink maybe 2 or 3 cups of water a day, and periodically when I got home on a warm day (I wasn't in the habit of taking a water bottle with me) I would down 2-3cups all at once because I was so thirsty. I was definitely not getting enough water then, even though I didn't feel thirsty all that often. I feel thirsty more often now, getting in more water but still not enough.

All of KaitlinLoosin's tips are great, and all the ones I would suggest she already has!

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10/22/10 2:28 P

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Except in the summer it's a struggle. I had weaned myself off diet pop for awhile, but am drinking it again. I try to use the carrot-on-a-stick approach and drink my water BEFORE I drink pop.

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10/22/10 1:54 P

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I love water and the taste of it when I'm not on a soda kick (I also love my pepsi). I have found that I drink more water when I'm not drinking pepsi so I am trying to stop drinking the soda. I do have lots of bathroom breaks but I just look it as another chance to be moving (walking to and from the bathroom) so the bathroom breaks don't bother me. Water makes me feel better and I'm sure it will make you feel better to. Do be upset with yourself if you don't get all 8 in eventually you will get there. Good luck

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10/22/10 12:48 P

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I have trouble drinking that much, too. I've never been a big consumer of liquids & it's hard to get in the habit. I just don't get thirsty often.

And I do have to go to the bathroom a lot more frequently when I drink that much. I've found, though, that it hasn't been as bad since I stopped drinking coffee a few months ago.

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10/22/10 11:09 A

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For me, I've had the bathroom problems but they've seemed to subside - it's like my body is used to it so now I know frequently but not as frequently in the beginning and I go more at a time - but don't hold it, that's bad for your kidneys and bad if you're prone to uti's as I am - but the drinking water has helped with that as well.

I totally agree with KATJAKAT on all of the advantages - I get more energy from drinking 8 cups of water a day than I do from two cups of coffee! Plus I have EVERY other advantage she spoke of and I didn't even realize the clear headed thing until she mentioned it but it's true!!

Some tips on getting them in:
1. Go to Wal Mart and buy some big glasses - the one by me has these plastic ones that are clear that hold 4 cups - it's great because I keep them on the table next to me when I'm watching tv, on my night stand, at my desk, etc and you don't have to get up to refill when you're in the middle of something so it just keeps flowing - plus theres a mind game involved - if you only have to drink two of those then it seems like less - the ones I found were only like 87 cents

2. Make sure you know how many ounces are in your kitchen glasses - many have more that a cup

3. Keep water bottles in your purse, car, etc. (when it's hot it's bad when the plastic is exposed to heat for too long for you but other than that it's fine)

4. after you go to the bathroom take a quick drink from the faucet

5. Drink while you're cooking dinner

6. Have a glass of water with every meal/snack and finish it while doing whatever you're doing once you're done eating

7. If you order a diet coke, wine, tea, or something else at a restaurant, oder a glass of water as well

8. Have a glass of water with you in the morning while you're getting ready for work - added bonus: I hate blow drying my hair b/c of how hot it makes me and the water makes it more enjoyable haha

9. Drink tea, flavored water, or sparking water instead

10. Put lemon, lime, or cucumbers in your water to give it a little something - I also had a girlfriend who put a little bit of pure mint in hers - that's not my thing but she loves it

11. See how you really like your water - cold, room temp, ice, no ice etc - and drink it that way - people vary on how they really like it

12. try to drink a glass of water before each meal - that will help you be less hungry and maybe seeing the effects will make you more motivated

13. Drinking through a straw in the beginning helped me and made me drink more - try it and see if it works for you

14. Buy the powdered stuff that you can put in a water bottle or glass - I know that all kinds of different brands make different ones - there are ones that have fiber and/or protein (those are usually 5 - 20 calories), ones that contain vitamins (I think those are almost zero), ones by lipton, ones by Kelloggs, one by Crystal Light, and tons more - you just put them in your water and then it's flavored and it tastes like juice but doesn't have the added calories/sugar

15. Don't obsesses over the 8 glasses if you're still having trouble - just get as much as you can in and enjoy the effects! :)


Best of Luck! :)

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10/22/10 10:22 A

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Everything I have read says that people who have specific health concerns, such as kidney stones or a tendency to develop urinary tract infections, drinking lots of water can be beneficial and that people mistake thirst for hunger, which causes them to eat when they are really just thirsty. They also allege that drinking water suppresses appetite which in my case really works.

I definitely feel better, my skin is clearer and I'm loosing weight. The only disadvantage ... potty runs !!!!

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10/22/10 8:57 A

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Do you count your herbal tea as a cup of water?

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After I drink my mug of coffee and glass of OJ in the morning water is all I drink the rest of the day.

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10/22/10 7:11 A

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i have more trouble in the winter drinking 8 glasses than summer. some days I have consumed as many as 12 but it was an extrememly hot day .



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10/21/10 10:49 P

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We are all different, aren't we?

For me, drinking 8+ glasses of water was one of the best changes I made, I'm pretty sure. At first it took my body some getting used to, but after a little over a week I wasn't constantly "feeling the effects" that way.

And really, from day one I've felt far less hungry when I drink lots of water (or what I used to think was hungry--thinking now I was really just thirsty and eating wasn't the fix--which I guess I could have known since I was always hungry!).

I just feel better when I drink lots of water (more energy, clearer headed, just kind of all over better). And believe me, that was a surprise (I've never been one of those "bottle of water toting ladies" you see around)

So, just to say, for me it took getting used to but it helps me a lot. For each person though, I'm sure mileage will vary.

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Do I have trouble drinking eight cups? Definitely! I'm lucky if I get through four, including my cup of coffee in the morning. Frankly, I don't think it's that big a deal. There are so many conflicting studies on this issue that it's not even funny!

One thing's for sure - you cannot eliminate bathroom stops when you drink that much per day. It's just part of the deal...

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I do have more trouble drinking the 8 cups in the winter time. And I do have to visit the restroom regularly. emoticon

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8 glasses is a challenge, even though I have been doing it for a while now. I found, after about 3 - 5 weeks, my body was adjusting somewhat.

I don't think my body will require that amount all year round. But with DeCaf Tea, Tea with Lemon, and Hot Lemon water in the morning, I'm making the liquid balance at the 8 cups and more.

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I guess I just got used to the restroom stops.

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I can't seem to adjust to drinking 8 cups of water, without excessive restroom stops. Anyone else, any suggestions? emoticon

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